The Prince turned 40 today, but he hasn’t lost his golden touch one bit. The leading star of Tollywood, Mahesh Babu Mahesh Babu continues to pick his movies with care, preferring quality over quantity, and turns in superlative performances each time. Mahesh Babu is called Aamir Khan of South Cinema. Although he rarely exceeds his limit of one film a year, his shelves are lined with so many awards and accolades. He has had no shortage of experience or training, having begun as a child artiste at the age of four and being directed by his father in 1987 in Sankharavam. But then he focused on his academics and took a break from showbiz.


Mahesh Babu (born Mahesh Ghattamaneni on 9 August 1975) is an Indian film actor best known for his work in Telugu cinema. Born to actor Krishna, Mahesh Babu faced the camera at the age of four as a child artist in 1979’s Needa. His first leading role was in the film Rajakumarudu, which was released in August 1999.


He has won seven state Nandi Awards , four Film fare Best Telugu Actor Awards, three Cinema Award and one South Indian International Movie Award. In addition to the films, he also endorses several brands in Andhra Pradesh and South India. He was also the national brand ambassador for Up. He was voted as the most desirable man in the Times Most Desirable Men 2013 online polls conducted by the India times Group. In January 2013, he was ranked 31st on business magazine Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list.

After playing the role of a young Kabaddi player in the 2003 blockbuster film Okkadu, Mahesh continued in this vein, gaining mass appeal and appearing in many successful films such as Murari (2001), Athadu (2005), Pokiri (2006), Dookudu (2011) and Business Man (2012), Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu(2013), baadshah(2013), 1-Nenokkadine(2014), Aagadu(2014)
Mahesh dated Bollywood actress and former Femina Miss India Namrata Shirodkar for five years. She was his co-star in the movie Vamsi. They got married on 10 February 2005 in Mumbai. They have two children, son Gautam Krishna (born 31 August 2006) and daughter Sitara (born 20 July 2012)
He climbed to the 1st position of the same list the following year, beating the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan. In June 2014, Mahesh was ranked 54th on business magazine Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list.]Based on recorded earnings between September 2011 and October 2012, Forbes listed Mahesh 15th among India’s highest earning celebrities. With earnings of over 422.5 million(US$7.0 million), he was the highest earning South Indian celebrity in 2012.
He was topped in the list of Times 50 Most Desirable Men in India for the year 2013. He has good brand image all over the country. He even replaced Bollywood biggies as a national ambassador for Thumbs up and Univercell. He is the top brand ambassador in South India.


Favorite Hero: Superstar Krishna, Amitabh bachchan, Rajinikanth, Vijay
Favorite Heroine: Sridevi
Favorite Food: Home food
Favorite Music Director: Mani Sharma
Favorite Sports: Cricket
Favorite Stunt master: Vijayan
Favorite Hobbies: Watching movies and reading
Favorite Choreographer: Raju sundaram
Favorite Co-star: Trisha
Favorite Director: Manirathnam
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Film: Okkadu.
Here’s wishing Tollywood’s very own prince a very happy birthday

By Shamim Noorani.

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